Thursday, 3 April 2014

Four rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel

Four rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in southern Israel on Thursday night, apparently in open spaces.No one was wounded by the rockets, which landed in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council in the western Negev.

Three rocket alert sirens sounded in Sderot and the Sha'ar Hanegev at about 9:30 P.M. It is believed the rockets landed in Israeli territory. However, traces of them have yet been found.

Military forves were combing the area.

Three weeks ago, Israel Defense Forces and Gaza militants exchanged heavy fire over a period of several days. More than 70 rockets were fired from the Strip in a single day on March 14. The Israel Air Force responded with a series of strikes against dozens of targets within the Strip.

The March escalation began after Islamic Jihad militants opened fire at IDF troops engaged working in the so-called "perimeter area," a 100-meter-wide belt along the Palestinian side off the fence. Israeli aircraft struck the militants, killing three of them.

According to the Egyptian-mediated understandings agreed upon by Israel and the Hamas after the end of Pillar of Defense, the IDF is allowed to work unhindered within the perimeter. Most of its action there is unearthing of IEDs which might endanger IDF troops moving along the Israeli side. more

Israel cancels Palestinian prisoner release

JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's chief negotiator with the Palestinians has told them that a planned release of 26 Palestinian prisoners cannot go ahead, a source close to the talks said Thursday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity the source said Tzipi Livni told a meeting with her counterparts on Wednesday that the release could not take place, as the Palestinians had unilaterally resumed moves to seek international recognition for their promised state. more

Israeli bulldozers enter Gaza border area, level agricultural land

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military vehicles entered a border area in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday and levelled Palestinian agricultural lands.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that six bulldozers accompanied by Israeli tanks entered an area east of Rafah and levelled agricultural land. more

Israeli soldiers arrest 3 Palestinians for crossing northern Gaza border

GAZA, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested three Palestinians after crossing the border fence in northern Gaza on Wednesday.

The Hebrew website 0404 said that the three were captured by an IOF patrol after crossing the border fence.

It pointed out that the three were not armed but were arrested anyway for crossing the borders. more